Most dog breeders go to great lengths to breed good dogs, primarily selecting for health, behavior, temperament and conformation and so, it would be a great shame for the puppy’s good genes and behavioral potential to go to waste. As you will discover in the following articles, regardless of breed or breeding, there is no greater variable that has a bigger impact on adult behavior, temperament and trainability, than handling, socialization and environmental enrichment during early puppyhood, i.e., prior to 12 weeks of age and especially, neonatally. Ultimately, the dog’s suitability and success both as a companion and/or as a conformation, working or obedience dog depend on socialization and training: 1. In the breeding kennel prior to eight weeks of age and 2. In the puppy’s new home after eight weeks of age.
A young brain can be permanently compromised in just a few weeks with environmental, social and intellectual (training) deprivation. New puppy owners must know how to raise and train a puppy to profit from your groundwork. To facilitate new puppy owner education, the SIRIUS® Dog Breeder Behavior Program provides breeders with free, handy, comprehensive educational materials to distribute to clients vis a vis the prevention (and resolution) of the most common behavior and temperament problems.
A Puppy’s Brain is Too Precious to Waste!
Dr. Ian Dunbar
Expert dog trainer, veterinarian, and animal behaviorist
About the instructor
Dr. Ian Dunbar is one of the world's most respected experts on dog training and behavior. He received his veterinary degree and a Special Honors degree in Physiology & Biochemistry from the Royal Veterinary College (London University) plus a doctorate in animal behavior from the Psychology Department at UC Berkeley, where he researched the development of social hierarchies and aggression in domestic dogs.
He has authored numerous books and DVDs about puppy/dog behavior and training, including AFTER You Get Your Puppy, How To Teach A New Dog Old Tricks and the SIRIUS® Puppy Training video.
In 1982, Dr. Dunbar designed and taught the world's very first off-leash puppy socialization and training classes -- SIRIUS® Puppy Training. Subsequently, he created and developed the San Francisco SPCA's Animal Behavior Department, the American Kennel Club's Gazette "Behavior" column, which he wrote for seven years, and the K9 GAMES®, which were first held in San Francisco in 1993 and continue as annual events in Japan and France. He hosted the popular UK television series Dogs With Dunbar for five seasons and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including the Today Show (US) and Dash Village (Japan).